"I'm trying to stay positive, keep my hopes up. I would love to play. I would never count that out."
Lonzo Ball tried to put an optimistic face on his recovery from a second knee surgery, but he was realistic and put no timetable on a return.
Bulls coach Billy Donovan was more realistic, speaking Saturday before the Bulls took on the Magic. Via Julia Poe of the Chicago Tribune.
Could Ball be out for the entire season? Donovan again, via K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago:
Ball has undergone multiple knee surgeries. The first was in January 2022 and the expectation at the time was he would return for the playoffs, but his knee didn't respond well during rehab. That led to a second knee surgery, and recovery from that is going slowly as well. It leaves the Bulls in a tough spot, they miss his defense and his being a floor general on offense as they have struggled to a 23-26 record this season that sees them sitting as the No. 11 seed in the East.
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Bulls' Lonzo Ball "nowhere near playing," could miss entire season originally appeared on NBCSports.com